Monday, March 7, 2011

Delights of the Season.... And A Very Special Giveaway!


Delights of the Season, and A Very Special Giveaway!

I’m as restless as willow in a windstorm.
I’m as jumpy as a puppet on a string.
I’d say that I had Spring fever,
but I know it isn’t Spring.
Or is it?
As I sit beside my open window, I keep glancing over at the calendar. Perhaps I missed a month? For strange as it seems after such a cold winter, spring seems to have already arrived. And despite myself, just like the purple finches now singing happy songs high up in the bare maples, I am ensnared by its magic. How can I possibly resist the lure of this season that has captivated painters and poets down through the ages? Truth is, I can’t, so I’ve decided to just give in... and revel in Springtime, early though it may be.
So here’s a special list - a baker's dozen delights for this wonderful time of year.
And there’s an extra special giveaway at the end!
Oh and the magical painting above can be found HERE.
Enjoy!

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1. Flowers
Without a doubt, I would spend my last few dollars on fresh flowers.
The cottage just doesn’t seem dressed without vases full of them in every room.
That’s something I adore about London and I was reminded of afresh during my recent trip there. Flowers are available everywhere. The photo above was taken outside the doors of Liberty.
One of the most delightful things about this time of year is the anticipation of all flowers that will soon be waking up in my gardens. So many hydrangeas! And they make the most divine arrangements all the way to autumn.
For as much as I love the flower market, there’s nothing like growing your own.

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2. An Oscar for the King
Sometimes the good guys do win!
Congratulations to Colin Firth.
Brilliant performance in a beautiful movie.

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3. Jane Eyre
One never forgets one’s first literary love. For me, Charlotte Bronte’s classic was the first book that raised the curtain on the remarkable power of words. Though still a child, I dove heartfirst into that book, barely coming up for air till it was finished. I’ve collected beautiful copies of it ever since. And of course, I’m intrigued with each new production that comes along, although I will confess to being rather hard to please. I found Ciaran Hinds to be more than adequate as the enigmatic Mr. Rochester, but William Hurt just made me cringe. (And wasn’t that the same version that had Elle MacPherson playing Blanche Ingram? Scheesh.)
Well, a brand new film adaptation opens this month and, of course, I must go see it. I’m already a fan of Mia Wasikowska who plays our heroine. I think she has a lovely screen presence and some serious acting chops to boot. Judi Dench is playing Mrs. Fairfax, so that bodes well for this production. As for Mr. Rochester, we’ll just have to wait and see.
See the trailer HERE.

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4. Hats
I always come home from London with a longing to wear extravagant hats.
Such a pity they’ve gone out of fashion here in the States.
Truth be told though, I’ve never thought I look especially good in hats.
My hair seems too long - too.... much.
But along comes the gorgeous Kate Middleton.
She has long hair and she looks perfectly divine in hats.
Even in a fascinator, like the one shown above.
Maybe I should rethink this.

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5. The Hipstamatic Application
I’m trying to become better acquainted with my iPhone.
He’s been riding around in my handbag for awhile now, and I know the little chap is enthusiastic about showing me all he can do, but I’ve been a bit slow to take advantage of his many offerings.
Lately, however, I have begun to investigate his compendium of many wonders, especially in the camera department, and I have discovered the Hipstamatic app.
A real treat, it transforms any image one snaps into something that looks antique.
I spent yesterday at the barn with my good friend Natalie and her handsome horse, Walter, the perfect place to practice the Hipstamatic. Although Walter spent the entire afternoon in an ultimately futile attempt to steal the locket from around my neck, he did make the most wonderful model, don’t you think?
Read about it HERE.

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6. Albert Hadley Closes His Doors... With A Sale
Four short years ago, I was so busy in my interior design business that I could hardly keep up with anything else. Then one day, it stopped, cold. The downturn in the economy hit designers hard, particularly those who, like myself, had businesses that catered to the sort of clients who craved the bespoke and unique over the mass-produced and trendy. I wasn’t alone, it happened to a lot of us. And now I find that it’s also happened to the best of us, for the great Albert Hadley has retired after, as the NY Times recently put it, his business “slowed to a trickle”.
For decades, Mr. Hadley, along with the renown Sister Parish, sat atop the pinnacle of interior design. Their firm, Parish-Hadley, “did” every important dwelling from the Astors and the Rockefellers to the White House. Odd to think that, in this day of DIY, his services are no longer requested.
But the good news, I suppose, is this: Mr. Hadley is having a warehouse sale. Two auctions - one at Sotheby’s in Manhattan on March 30th, the other on April 1st at Stair Galleries in Hudson, NY - will feature the contents of both his office and his warehouse, as well as some items from his own home. These sales are sure to be treasure troves of wonderful items and a rare opportunity to glimpse design’s golden age.

Make your home as comfortable and attractive as possible and then get on with living.
There's more to life than decorating.
Albert Hadley

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7. Dandelion Chairs
Flowers, flowers, everywhere!
Even in furniture.
Isn’t this dandelion chair amazing?
And can't you just visualize it around a Springtime lunch table?
See more HERE

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8. The Wearable Art of Mary Katrantzou


I can be utterly carried away by beautiful textiles.When I decorate a room, the jumping off point is almost always a piece of exquisite fabric. It is fascinating to observe the marriage of interior design and fashion and, often, when I find myself almost magnetically drawn to a garment, it is because I find the fabric irresistible. Of course, I then have to ask myself if I want to wear this dress, or cover a chair in it. An important question, for it does take a little something extra to carry off an extravagant print with aplomb. However, if given the chance, I would wear any of Mary Katrantzou’s designs anytime of day, for I find them to be the consummate blend of art and fashion as they combine both interior and exterior design so beautifully.
Born in Greece, Ms. Katrantzou studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and is now a London based designer whose latest show was the talk of fashion week there.
Just look at these clothes! One can easily see that her inspiration was, “Diana Vreeland and coromandel screens”.
Genius.
See more HERE.
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9. The Perfect Tea Cup
No one makes tea like the British.
I don’t know why that is so, but it is, as my recent time in London once again confirmed.
Nonetheless, I love to make tea.
And I love all the acomapnnied actourements.
The perfect tea pot.
The perfect cup.
This is, to me, a wonderful choice for Spring.
I’m drinking Darjeeling at the moment.
Find the cup HERE, and do join me.

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10. Whimsical China
And I adore this new china!
What a fabulous Springtime table one could set with this!
Find it HERE.

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11. Shoes
There comes a day in March when, no matter how chilly it may still be, boots are simply no longer an option.
Even a favourite pair now seems heavy and dull.
These divine shoes are for that day.
Find them HERE.

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12. The Distant Hours
If Alfred Hitchcock still walked the planet, he would have snatched up Kate Morton's new novel, The Distant Hours, before the ink was dry on the page. This book would have made the most divine Hitchcockian film.
In black and white, of course.
All the boxes are ticked here.....
A crumbling old castle with a man of questionable sanity holed up in the tower.
Three elderly sisters with secrets galore.
Thunderstorms, lots of thunderstorms.
Yes, this is well-traveled territory and there are perhaps one, or two, too many coincidences.
But it's a wonderful book to curl up with during one of those Springtime thunderstorms.
Find it HERE.

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13. Fair Trade

One thing about travel, when one can eat a late breakfast in one country and cross an ocean to dinner in another, it becomes rather difficult to remain comfortably insulated from what transpires in other parts of the globe, no matter how far flung those places may seem to be. Our world is small now, and becoming even smaller with each new Facebook friend or Tweet. Whether we are talking about climate change or revolution, what touches one country will most certainly touch our own. Fortunately, this means than even the smallest changes for good have some effect. When we turn down our thermostats or recycle our plastic and glass, when we make informed decisions about the cars that we drive, or pay attention to where and how our food is grown, we need to remember that these small changes can make important differences for the betterment of all.
I have recently become more aware and knowledgeable about the concept of fair trade. Fair Trade organizations allow artisans around the world to receive a fair price for their work by providing a direct link between those artisans and the consumer. They enable these artisans to create sustainable businesses, thereby improving the well-being of entire communities. Many fair trade items are certified organic as well and even if they’re not, they tend to produce items in much more environmentally friendly ways by minimizing pesticides and pollutants.
One of the best resources for Fair Trade items is Novica, a subsidary of National Geographic. You can find all sorts of fabulous items at Novica, just a sample of which can be seen in the photographs here, and each item comes with a card that provides information about the artist who created it.

And now, especially for my first Springtime list of 2011, Novica is offering my readers a most generous giveaway gift -
A $100 gift certificate!

All you have to do is visit their site HERE and come back to tell me what you’d choose.
And if you are, or become, a follower of this blog, you’ll be entered twice!
I’ll draw the lucky winner at midnight on Thursday, St. Patrick’s Day.

Edward and I wish you all the luck of the Irish
and we send our best wishes for a Happy, Early, Spring.

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To learn more about Novica here's some extra links...
For Fair Trade corporate gifts go HERE.
For Eco-friendly gifts go HERE
and for information on their micro-finance program, go HERE

72 comments:

  1. Welcome back! L.o.v.e. the horsey you! Yes, please include me in your drawing. Since my DNA is tingling with all things Irish this month, my choice would have to be the Jamawar wool shawl, "Emerald Garden", the one you have pictured on this post. It looks amazing to these green-starved winter eyes!

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  2. What a FUN post!




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  3. Hmmm... maybe this:
    Sterling silver dangle earrings, 'Sugarloaf'

    or this:
    Alpaca wool throw blanket, 'Brown Luxurious Geometry'

    or maybe even this!
    Murano handblown vase, 'Elegance - Red Rim'

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  4. I loved you list and the beautiful photos that went with each. I, too, love tea, but think it is even better in Scotland. (I think it is the water.)

    The giveaway site is lovely. I loved the section of tea and coffee cups, especially one called "The Invitation."

    I am a happy follower of your blog.

    Thanks for your recent comment and visit to my blog.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  5. Thank you for introducing me to Novica.Yes include me into your drawing.My choice would have to be a round mirror,Oh boy I love round mirrors in my hobbit hole.Yes, I've been a follower for awhile and enjoy your blog. Thank you from Denise in my Coffeeberry cottage down in the Shire.Please drop by for a bit of tea with me.

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  6. Wonderful and delightful springly list Pamela...although now I'm even more in need of the blossoming season...soon, soon!
    I too am a Jane Eyre fan and so love the 2006' Masterpiece Theater version best but am very much looking forward to this latest vision of Charlotte's heroine.
    xo J~

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  7. If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft,
    and from thy slender store
    Two loaves alone to thee are left,
    Sell one, and with the dole
    Buy Hyacinths to feed thy Soul :-)

    Jane Eyre was my favourite book when I was fifteen and I was in love with the mysterious Mr. Rochester as I'm sure most young girls were!

    Wow, what a great website!!! I would choose the Scott Rasmussen pearl dangle earrings that say "love always" because I'm getting married soon :-)

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  8. Pamela...this is so much fun!! Love what you have put on your list and what a great giveaway!! It was difficult to tear myself away from the website. I would have to say it is a wrap for me or perhaps the a batik bath robe for my morning romps in the garden come spring, with coffee in hand :)

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend Pamela!!

    Jeanne xxx

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  9. Novica is a great site, so many choices! The wool shawl called Green Hope is beautiful. Great post today (thanks for the Colin Firth one!) I am a happy follower.

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  10. I LOVE Novica! I have ordered from them before - a leather wristband bracelet that I adored (called Desert Dancer, I believe). There are hundreds of items on that site that I would love, but this time a large aluminum tray and a green stoneware teapot (of a fish!!) caught my eye.

    I so enjoyed your springtime list - much fun! Thank you for all the tidbits and lovely photos.

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  11. I love Novica and all of the beautiful things they have from all over the world! I would love to have a Pashmina, Pashmina shawl, 'Feminine'! I've always wanted one! Love your Spring list, too! I look forward to your lists! ♥
    I'm a follower, too! Thanks! ♥

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  12. Thank you for being candid regarding Albert Hadley and the recession! So refreshing that you didn't gloss over or ignore it as evidenced on so many design blogs.
    xo

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  13. You have a great blog to visit. I think I would like the Sterling Silver Filigree Heart earrings. So pretty and yes, I am a follower also.

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  14. Please throw my name in the hat! I love the small area rugs white roses (Indian)and what a beautiful site. Thank you for the opportunity of winning.

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  15. I'd get the Turquoise dangle earrings, 'Balinese Lake'.
    lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

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  16. I'm also following you via GFC. ID: Lyndadawinda1074
    lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

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  17. I love so many things! The band rings are beautiful but the "Ate Grass" handbags are calling me also! Very hard to pick just one. Thanks for such a generous giveaway!

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  18. I love your blog - thank you for the lovely pictures and reading. I am a new follower too.
    I would choose a chess set from Novica - the recycled auto metal one - so my son when he visit will not have to play on my little plastic set! lol thank you

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  19. Always love your specials lists, Pamela. Kate Middleton looks wonderful doesn't she?! I've just spent over half an hour browsing at Novica. Oh so many wonderful things to choose from! I would love the Malachite Choker 'Unity' by Chalermkwan
    What a wonderful giveaway!

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  20. This post (You!) makes me feel so happy!!!

    Thank You!

    ~Bruce

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  21. Glad you had a great time over here Pamela. I love our tea too!

    Love your lists. They are always so interesting. Novica is wonderful and the jewellery fabulous. I am a bracelet obsessive so it would have to be "the pearl and turquoise charm bracelet" but it could have been a hundred other things too.

    I am a follower of course.

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  22. Oh my goodness I love Novica!! I was browsing and when I came to the earrings... just love the Bali Antique!!

    Pamela thank you so much for hosting this and by the way this entire post is fabulous!

    Do come and enter my Artful Offering!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  23. It’s been already three or four years that I’ve been reading you from the North of Spain, a place very similar to Scotland, but no so cold. I do love your blog, I am very susprised to see that someone from such a distant place could write about things that interest me so much. I live in a beautiful house whith a beautiful garden and the hydrangeas will come out soon! I have a very small furry dog and a big not-so-furry one (a labrador). I am a true fan of your lists.

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  24. I'm with you on the Springing into the instant Spring! It was storming and freezing here in Southern CA and now it's back to the quintessential blue skies and warm mild days - the wisteria is blooming, the birds are singing - I've stopped questioning the crazy mood swings of weather lately and am just happy its not raining. again!

    I love this post! I think you should definitely get a hat like Kate Middleton's, and get Hipstamtic!

    I went over and fell in love with the celebration mirror - yummy gold starburst. Perfect for Spring!

    Thank you for the opportunity and the exposure to such wonderful things today!
    xo isa

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  25. I loved the photographs today, especially Colin Firth in the bath, Woo Hoo!... and Kate Middleton looking gorgeous in that little 'titfer'!

    I've just spent a wonderful 30 minutes browsing all the things on Novica, I hadn't been there before but it's definitely going in my bookmarks for gifts. Thank you very much for sending us there, I loved the Paradise Peacock Robe or Sapphire Mum's silk batik shawl, fantastic fabric colours and patterns!!

    By the way you look very.....'Lady Mary, Downton Abbey' in your riding gear, "Side-saddle of course mi Lady".
    Hope you have a lovely Sunday,
    Hugs Jane.

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  26. I love your blog and Novica is beautiful, it`s hard to make a choice. I love the emerald garden wool shawl, my grand grandmother was irish.
    Un saludo desde el sur de Chile.

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  27. Dear Pamela, what a gorgeous post and so many things to love here. The painting! Mary Katranzou, tea, flowers, Walter!

    I've never seen the version of Jane Eyre with Ciaran Hinds. I must get a copy. Have a wonderful weekend xx

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  28. OK,I've become obsessed. How much of this day have I lost to Novica? Love your choices (love your taste), and mine are in a similar vein: the wool shawl 'Lively Lavender'; the stoneware ceramic tea set 'Blue Vortex' (more contemporary than I usually go for - but I love the glaze); Pearl Flower Necklace 'Winter Blossom'. There's more, but that will suffice for now.
    Yes, I think Jane Eyre may have been the first literary tome I tackled, and I've been a doomed romantic ever since. Just say 'manor house on the moors' and I'm there.
    Can also relate to the loss of interior design business - the high-end store where I worked had to close after more than 50 years in business.
    Love your blog - I must subscribe!

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  29. I'd choose this pretty, cheerful green cardigan:

    http://www.novica.com/commonDSP/dsp_popup_largepic.cfm?pic=http://pics.novica.com/pictures/4/p169447_2.jpg

    As for hats, I would love to see them come back into fashion here in the U.S. We had a few of them at our (New England) wedding in the late 90s ... such a pleasure to see.

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  30. like weverything, that shawl is devine, so is Walter the Horse.
    Great post.

    yvonne

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  31. I have recently discovered your website and am delighted to be working my way through the essays every day. You do have a way with words that puts one in the mood to read, read and then write more. Edward is a once in a lifetime dog it seems and you are lucky to have each other.
    As an Alabama lady of a certain age, I think the essay on "Mockingbird at Fifty" is a true representation of Miss Lee. I re-read the book every year as I do "The Great Gatsby".
    Thank you for the website and the generous offer of a gift. My choice would have to be the Lion Guardian Bookends for my shelves. Have a special weekend.

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  32. Oh Pamela, this is such a magical list!
    I love your choices, I love flowers at any time and the idea that spring is just around the corner is such a delight.
    Your fair trade giveaway is amazing and I love the porcelain jars offered there, but are there so many other things!
    Love The Distant Hours, I devoured it! You could read my review, there is actually a video clip included, which is amazing!
    Your picture with your friend's horse is fab!
    And I so can't wait to se that new Jane Eyre movie!
    Happy spring my dear!

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  33. Beautiful selection: I LOVE THIS POST.

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  34. I love your blog, it inspires me. You are such a wonderful writer.

    I would pick the Wood Box & Dominoes.

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  35. Oh my! Such beautiful lovelies I found. But I have my eye on a ceramic mask called Don't Talk by Feriberto Aylas. I collect masks and that one is lovely. I don't have one like that!!

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  36. Wonderful photographs - I can almost feel the warmth of that lovely horse against your face - and I love the clothes, Kate's fascinator; those incredible shoes - oh I could go on. Shall visit the site now.

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  37. I would choose one of those wonderful wooden masks from West Africa.

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  38. What a lovely litany of springtime treats. I would take Walter, but I think he might out-eat the contents of our allotment very quickly. And I don't see him in the Novica catalogue.

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  39. I would choose the "Renaissance" wood and leather serving tray....and gift it to my daughter! Bought her an inexpensive IKEA version for Christmas and my hubby accidentally stepped on it (it was hidden under the pile of wrapping paper) and it disintegrated!!!

    Lovely post Pamela and I was thrilled to see the great pic of you in the horse barn - delightful! Hope Edward won't mind seeing you hugging up with the horse!

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  40. Wow! So much interesting things in your list that I must set aside some serious time to explore them. Thank you, m'Dear.

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  41. There are so many beautiful items on that website, how could I choose? I think I would pick either the "Golden Garden" painted glass tray, or the "Romance" mirror which I think you have pictured :)

    I'm also a follower on your lovely blog :)

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  42. Okay..found my fav!
    Stoneware ceramic bowls, 'Mystic Blue Oysters'
    and I am sooooo a follower!

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  43. I love the Morning Glow necklace. So pretty! I can't wait to see the new Jane Eyre movie. I'm enticing my twelve-year-old daughter to see the movie by reading the book first. I hope she doesn't get freaked out by the wife in the attic. My oldest daughter did and still talks about how it scared her to death. I'm taking her, too, so she can confront her demons.

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  44. What a beautiful post. Love that image of Colin Firth! Can I take that? No? Well, then, I think I'd take... any earrings made of jasper or hematite, or perhaps some art from Istanbul.

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  45. The Painted glass jewelry box, 'Crimson Heart Flowers'
    caught my eye first, then I made the mistake of going and looking at the jewelry. I'm afraid if I won, it would be a struggle to decide what to get. But struggle I would. Thanks for a chance at winning. dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  46. I'm a new follower. dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  47. I just wandered over from Buster's blog, and I am swooning over the pic of Colin Firth in the bathtub. I have a delicious crush on him! Just wrote about it Ihere: http://wp.me/p1dPSB-vQ

    You have a beautiful blog!

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  48. Yea for the Hipstermatic.......I totally love it
    and also to Jane Eyre is almost all forms.
    Did you read Wide Sargasso Sea --Jean Rhys's take on Bertha Rochester's story?
    Very moving indeed.
    I recognized the flowers outside Liberty's.
    So glad you got to go to London.

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  49. The choices, the choices! If I had to pick just one special item from Novica it would be the wood sculpture Legendary Dragon. It's nearly identical to the one that sits in my mother's front entrance and I would dearly love to have one myself. But that is the choice for today... ask me again tomorrow and it might be something entirely different!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    Bella (long time follower)

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  50. I was just going through my archived posts and stumbled upon your blog.

    Your blog has always been the epitome of grace, style and pizzaz.

    I must be by to visit again.

    Melissa
    Sunbonnet Cottage

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  51. First, the shopping bit: I would love to have one of the celadon vases . . . perhaps the one called Harmony? Celadon is such a lovely fresh spring green; perfect for this post, I think.

    Aren't the flowers just heavenly right now? I have my house filled with daffodils and narcissus, which can be bought very inexpensively at the moment. (I have them in the garden, too, but I can never bear to cut them.)
    BTW, I assume you have read To Capture the Castle . . . but if you have not, you MUST. I've just reread it, and there are such gorgeous descriptions of the English countryside. The book begins in March; most appropriate, don't you think. Speaking of books, I just got a copy of Miss Hargreaves . . . as per your recommendation.

    Thanks for your kind comment on my Bucklebury post. Don't you just adore the fact that Kate Middleton (of the lovely fascinator) invited all of those local folks?

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  52. Great stuff on that site... I love the ceramic coffee pot,
    "The Invitation".

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  53. What a lovely post!! What a gorgeous website that I linked to! I love it all, but I would have to say that I was immediately drawn to the musical instruments, the drums especially. Drumming is in my heart. The wood djembe drum "Good Energy" was immediately drawn into my soul!!

    Dianna

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  54. As always, I can get caught up in your words and find the most wonderful inspiration there. I love this post, and now I am dreaming of spring flowers and new shoes - two of my favorite things. What a wonderful giveaway! I had so much fun looking over the website but, in the end, it was actually very easy for me to make a decision on my "if I won" prize. It spoke to me when I saw it. I fell in love with the Country Estate Letter Holder. I can just see it resting in a place of honor on my Queen Anne writing table. Sigh.

    I always enjoy your blog, Pamela. I hope you are doing well.

    Paula
    www.paulasserendipity.blogspot.com

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  55. So much of delight here, hard to choose what I like best :-)
    I love those dresses.

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  56. Oh my...this is a -dangerous- site! The Urban Sunshine bag is beautiful but I love the elegance of Golden Days. Then there are the shawls...I do love shawls. Or the jewelery, sparkly things make me catch my breath.

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  57. I don't know where to start! First, I am thrilled to find you and your glorious blog. I sat mouth agape as I read through your list. London is the place I belong, even though I'm now living in Texas. The flowers, yes, the flowers of London. And Colin Firth of course. And, and, and... I am now a follower...

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  58. I forgot to mention what I'd choose: The painted glass box, 'Heart of Gold' with panels designed by Edmundo Contreras. Stunning.

    Fun contest--thanks!

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  59. O my god...this is too much...:)))

    Lovely lovely lovely...

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  60. Too many lovely things to choose from. But I especially "need" the batik emerald dream robe. Glad you had such a nice trip.

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  61. Oh, I love tea cups. I don't know what to do with all the ones I have, yet every time I pass an antique store I cannot help myself.

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  62. I'm so excited about the new Jane Eyre- although Toby Stephens will be hard to beat I think Michael Fassbender might...

    Is that your horse? how beautiful

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  63. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. It was difficult to decide but this item really jumped out at me!

    Mirror, 'Marigold'
    Like a marigold that opens its petals to the sun's warm rays, this mirror reflects beauty in a dazzling way.

    Your blog is very inspiring to me!

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  64. I would order the beautiful green necklace called "elixer" which you are showing here and which I love. It costs more than the $100.00 but I will gladly add some more cash to the prize to obtain this beauty. Not sure if I can win though; are those of us who do not have our own blog eligible?
    Thanks.

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  65. I must look up the distant hours- and I loved this round up, so much to take in!

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  66. Your lists are always amazing Pamela but this one took the biscuit. Thanks for introducing me to Novica, what a great site. I'd love to win the drawing. My favourite thing so far is a lovely wool tote bag "Floral Fireworks" made by a Peruvian Artisan named Teofilo Huayanay. I'm a fervent follower. Happy St. Patricks day.

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  67. I am loving 'The Distant Hours'. What a wonderful book for reading in the afternoon with tea.
    With so many beautiful choices, it is very hard to decide.
    I would order the 'Cinnamon' handbag by Rosario Pazel, if chosen.

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  68. WEll it's still St Patrick's Day here, just, so Happy St Patricks Day!
    Please throw me into the hat (I'm used to being thrown OUT of places!)
    I would probably choose the decoupage chest, 'Catrina My Love' for me and the Labradorite stretch bracelet for Mrs TotalfeckinEEjit.
    Pip pip!

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  69. It's too late for me to enter but I really loved your post!

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  70. I love the color, beautiful yarn!
    http://www.rjkimpex.com/yarn_products.php

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  71. This is the one of the best give away.I like the outdoor furniture stuff and yarn.......
    but its too late for me for participate in the gave away contest.
    Rattan garden furniture

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